A packed All Party Brain Tumour Group (APPG) meeting provided an opportunity for around 60 members of the Brain Tumour Consortium to quiz Secretary of State for Health, Andrew Lansley MP, over his plans for the NHS and to seek reassurances that the proposed new Health Bill will not set back brain tumour care.
The meeting was chaired by James Arbuthnot MP and started with short presentations from Professor Garth Cruickshank, Consultant Neurosurgeon and brainstrust advocate and brain tumour patient Daryl Gittins.
Prof. Cruickshank appealed to the Secretary of State to ensure that the NICE’s Improving Outcomes Guidance remains an integral part of the care pathway and stressed the need for earlier diagnosis, citing evidence from Birmingham which shows that 85% of brain tumours initially present, not through Primary Care, but through casualty.
Daryl outlined his differing experiences in Swansea and London explaining that his initial NHS Oncologist in Swansea made crucial decisions without any input from him. Ultimately these proved to be inappropriate whereas the treatment he received in London, after seeking advice from brainstrust, turned out to be less complicated and more suitable. He...
Read full storyCategory: Campaign News | Published: 31 January 2012